aggressive intimidation of the president, including the shutdown independent mass media organizations, the aggressive undercutting of the rights of civil society, both under international human rights conventions and venezuela's own constitution, the intimidation of opposition political leaders including potential presidential candidates. and the abuse of executive crees. it is, as you noted, about to be the 10th anniversary of the interamerican democratic charter it remains a viable, valid, and, i hope, more effective entity. difficult as it is, appropriate as it is, to coordinate u.s. policies and the work of our allies and friends through a multilateral institution that is, at times, cumbersome. but it is the most effective path that we have. thank you. >> thank you.